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Candidates file for Crocker council, Laquey school board, Dixon Ambulance board
PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Jan. 15, 2009) — Crocker has two more candidates running for office.

The city council has been facing serious financial problems and just went through a heated Monday night meeting in which more than 30 residents turned out to protest the possible termination of longtime City Administrator Joyce Peterson. Aldermen denied that they had made plans to terminate Peterson.

On Wednesday, Raymond Towe turned in his candidacy papers and joined Linda Wilson, who turned in her papers on Tuesday, in seeking to replace Mayor Jim Morgan.

Morgan has held the job since Norma Lea Mihalovech stepped down after nearly four decades as Crocker’s mayor.

Also on Wednesday, resident Tom Townsend turned in candidacy papers to run against Ward I Alderman Jim Patton. Bill Laughlin is also seeking that seat.

The Dixon Ambulance District finally has its first candidate. On Thursday, incumbent Subdistrict 1 board member Dennis Lachowicz filed Thursday for re-election to his three-year term, but Subdistrict 4 board membe Art Forshey hasn’t yet filed for re-election.

A new candidate filed Thursday for the Laquey R-V School Board. Incumbent Mary Ann Miller joins the other incumbent, Mary Cristoffer, and three other challengers, Larry Southard, Fanny Gan and William W. Council, who filed earlier for two seats on the board that will run for three years each.

People interested in city councils, school boards, fire boards or ambulance boards have less than a week left to turn in their paperwork. Those who want to run for positions on Pulaski County’s five city councils, six school boards, two ambulance districts and for the Dixon and Crocker fire district boards have until Jan. 20 to file candidacy papers.

City, school and ambulance board candidates should file at their city hall, school administration building, or main ambulance base. Since the Crocker and Dixon fire districts don’t have full-time staff, Crocker fire board candidates file papers at the Crocker City Hall and Dixon fire board candidates file at the offices of Bassett Realty.

The complete list to date of candidate filings for school and city offices is as follows, along with special districts:

Crocker City Council: (all two-year terms unless specified)
Mayor (2-year term): Jim Morgan (filed 12/16), CHALLENGERS: Linda Wilson (filed 1/13), Raymond Towe (filed 1/14)
Ward I (2-year term): Jim Patton (filed 1/9), CHALLENGERS: Bill Laughlin (filed 1/12), Tom Townsend (filed 1/14)
Ward I (1 year unexpired term): Jeff Curry (filed 1/2)
Ward II (2-year term): Kim Skaggs-Henson (not yet filed)

Dixon City Council: (all two-year terms)
Mayor: Darrell French (filed 1/5)
Judge: Evan Shackleford (filed 1/13)
Ward I: Vienna Tyson (filed 12/18)
Ward II: Steven Parker (not yet filed)
Ward III: John Sheppard (filed 1/5)

Richland City Council: (all two-year terms)
Mayor: Bob Wall (filed 12/16), CHALLENGER: Kimi Gerred (filed 12/19)
Judge: Rodney Blanchard (filed 12/16)
Ward I: Eldon Haun (filed 1/13), CHALLENGER: Larry Jeffries (filed 12/29)
Ward II Mac Myers (filed 1/2), CHALLENGER: Thomas Murphy (filed 12/30)
Ward III: Tim Bailey (filed 12/23)

St. Robert City Council (all two-year terms)
Mayor: George Sanders (filed 12/17)
Ward I: Theresa Cook (filed 12/30), CHALLENGER: Charles Slider (filed 1/5)
Ward II: Gene Newkirk (filed 12/23)
Ward III: Allan Johannsen (filed 1/5)
Ward IV: Bill Shaw (filed 12/18)

Waynesville City Council: (all two-year terms unless specified)
Ward I: Diana Stanford (filed 12/16), CHALLENGER: Charles Anderson (filed 1/12)
Ward II: Adele Nickels (not yet filed), CHALLENGER: James McDonald (filed 1/14)
Ward III: Luge Hardman (filed 12/16)
Ward IV: Mike France (filed 12/16)
Ward IV (unexpired): Butch O’Riley (filed 12/18)

Crocker R-II School Board (three-year terms):
Incumbents: Charles Worstell (filed 12/16), Jeff Curry (filed 12/17)
Challengers: John Riffe (filed 1/8), Rebecca Ruckman Posten (filed 1/8)

Dixon R-I School Board (three-year terms):
Incumbents: Troy Porter (filed 12/16), Craig Rivera (filed 12/16)

Laquey R-V School Board (three-year terms):
Incumbents: Mary Cristoffer (filed 12/16), Mary Ann Miller (filed 1/15)
Challengers: Larry Southard (filed 12/16), Fanny Gan (filed 12/18), William W. Council (filed 1/13)

Plato R-V School Board (three-year terms):
Incumbents: Mike Friend (not yet filed), Penny Morrison (not yet filed)
Incumbent (2 year term): Pete Scurlock (not yet filed)
Challenger: Kimberly A. (Murry) Hodges (filed 1/12)

Richland R-IV School Board (three-year terms):
Incumbents: Troy Posten (not yet filed), Jo-Ellen Ferguson (not yet filed)
Challengers: Brenda Mathes (filed 12/17), Elizabeth Warren (12/19), Donna Guevremont (12/19), Mike Calvetti (1/9), Jerry Pemberton (filed 1/12), Ira Moss (1/13)

Swedeborg R-III School Board (three-year terms):
Incumbents: Wayne King (filed 12/16), Jamie Alexander (filed 1/12)
Incumbent (1 year term): Alexis Roam (filed 12/18)

Waynesville R-VI School District (three-year terms):
Incumbents: Randy Walters (filed 12/16), David Tritten (not yet filed)
Challengers: Leroy Fulmer (filed 12/16), Herman Blau (filed 12/16), Melvin Hensley (filed 12/16)

Crocker Rural Fire Protection District (three-year terms):
Incumbents: Robert Ishmael (filed 12/16), David Ellzey (will not file)
Challengers: Jeff Porter (filed 12/17), Randall Moore (1/2)

Dixon Rural Fire Protection District (six-year and three-year terms):
Incumbent: Les Clark (filed 12/23), Jim Humphrey (not yet filed)

Pulaski County Ambulance District (three-year terms)
Waynesville Subdistrict 3: Cindy Walters (not yet filed)
Crocker Subdistrict 6: Larry Salveter (incumbent, not yet filed), Ronnie Layman (challenger, filed 12/23)

Dixon Ambulance District (three-year terms)
Subdistrict 1: Dennis Lachowicz (filed 1/15)
Subdistrict 4: Art Forshey (not yet filed)

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